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>> and now "bbc world news." >> three african leaders arrive to solve a presidential election standoff. support for the flooding. >> we know that when australians have to battle flood and heat, it is community volunteers who bare the brunt of that work. >> in northeast america it snowed. it's still a problem. their roads and airports are beginning to re-open. hello and welcome. i'm owen thomas. also, saturday night's all right. a baby for sir elton and his partner david. and success you can sniff at. we taste the ultimate grand free-thrografromage.
three presidents representing the west african regional bloc have arrived in the ivory coast to make what they say is the final offer to the lead tore step down -- leader to step down peacefully or face military action. oppositionreports. leader's headquarters. on monday the united nations' chief of peacekeeping operations met with the man the u.n. recognizes as the winner of the election. international pressure has been piling on incumbent president laurent gbagdo to step down. but he's shown no sign of doing
so, citing vote rigging. he also claims the united nations is part of the plot to overthrow him from power. >> we are not in a war with anyone. and in terms of civilian protection, which is something very complicated and very important at the same time, we are carrying this out in the most impartial manner possible. >> the presidential election was supposed to unify ivory coast, plunged into civil war just eight years ago. instead it brought political deadlock, violence, and fear. u.n. security pa frol the streets -- patrol the streets but there are mixed views about them being here. >> the u.n. is not doing its job. they must leave. they must leave. >> to me the solution is not to make them leave. together we must find a
solution. >> uncertain times in ivory coast as the tense standoff between these two men continues. tim nielsen, bbc news. >> authorities in nigeria say at least 80 people have been killed. the violence began on christmas eve with bomb attacks in the heart of ethnic and religious struggles for years. the number of the dead is expected to rise. officials in pakistan say at least five people have been killed in an american missile attack in the northwestern tribal region. they say an unmanned aircraft, or drone, fired several missiles close to the afghan border. the area is regarded as a stronghold of al qaeda and taliban-inspired militants. a rescue operation is underway in australia to reach people trapped by major flooding. rain has inundated homes and
farms and caused millions of dollars worth of damage. the worst affected is an area of queensland. several towns have been evacuate the. -- evacuated. >> this is what the cyclone left behind, communities inundated by the worst floods in parts of the region for decades. up to 27 centimeters of rain fell in 24 hours in some areas. hundreds of people in queensland have been evacuated. and many are stranded after 300 roads were shut across the state. the swollen mile creek has split the down will doll by in two -- dolbe in two with more than 100 homes in water. in chinchilla, charlie's creek leeched levels not -- reached levels not seen in years. >> i've never seen it this high. but, yeah, there will be a lot of mud and cleaning up. >> a lot of mess and a lot of money.
the rains have caused at least $400 million worth of damage to crops that were just recovering from months of drought. australia's prime minister has praised the volunteers who are again offering their help. >> we know that when australians have to battle flood and heat, it is community volunteers who bare the brunt of that work. and i'm sure our thoughts and our very best wishes are with them today. >> forecasters warned that there will be more rain over the coming days along the entire east coast. and many inland communities are also on flood watch. >> in the united states airports are re-opening in the northeast following widespread disruption caused by severe blizzards. flights have resumed into and out of boston, philadelphia and new york. but strong winds are still delaying flights. it could take up to a week to
clear the backlog of tens of thousands of unstranded passengers. >> the storm lasted less than 48 hours but caused chaos across the northeast united states. in new york city, they're still playing catch-up. many drivers have decided to give it a go anyway. airlines can't take that gamble it took until monday night to get the runways clear. boston, philadelphia, and new york's three main airports, j.f.k., la guardia, and newark, are all up and running again. however, there are several dela. the real problem is what to do with the backlog of passengers from 7,000 canceled flights. at this time of year planes are almost fully booked. so finding enough spare seats could take days. warmer weather is forecast for the rest of the week, which should help clear the roads. ththat will be cold comfort to those spending their holidays on an airport floor. bbc washington.
>> and in northwest china heavy snow continues to cause chaos. snowstorms have blocked roads and left thousands of people stranded. temperatures in the region have plunged as low as minus 33 celsius at night. more bad weather is expected to hit the region in the next three days. time for a look at the business news. rare earth. most of us have rare earth in our mobile phones. >> yes. there has been long discussion over china's control of rare earth. these have become very important value added goods. because china mines a lot of them, it is trying to push its manufacturers up the value train by trying to retain control of exports. china says that is not case and it wants to coordinate some sort of exports of these things. they're pretty complicated to mine. it's not that there's a lack of them necessarily. it's more that they're difficult to extract.
and the flurry that you remain with is sometimes radio active. so it has a serious environmental concern. but this is an ongoing. >> indeed. now, going into japan, also going on for some time, is the problem with deflation. that's upsetting some of the stock markets. >> yes. falling prices, which means people tend not to buy this month. they'll buy next month instead. they put off purchases. japan, it appears, is plagued with this one once again it really makes it difficult for economic growth if you have falling prices like this. japan can rely on exportsz. but what we've also seen is an appreciation of the yen it makes it difficult for the country to export so this very important country in asia is once again plagued with rather difficult economic problems. >> thank you very much. russia has reacted with anger to international criticism about the trial of tycoon mikhail
khodorkovsky. western countries say the conviction of the jailed businessman, a critdic of -- a critic of vladimir putin, is injustice. but moscow says that is unobjectionable interference. >> he was once russia's richest tycoon. mikhail khodorkovsky has already spent seven years in prison. now a second guilty verdict means he's facing even more time behind bars. convicted along with his business partner, platon lebedev, for stealing oil from his own company and laundering the proceeds. khodorkovsky claims the real reason behind his prosecution is that he dared to speak out against the kremlin. >> we deal here not even with a illegal error. we deal with a deliberate illegal verdict. >> many critics believe the russian government wants mikhail khodorkovsky kept behind bars for as long as possible because
he financed the opposition when vladimir putin was president. in a televised question and answer session last week vladimir putin said a thief belongs in prison. >> in new york on monday after guilty verdict began to to be read in court a protest in times square organized by khodorkovsky's son. >> my father, mikhail khodorkovsky, is a political prisoner in russia. we're here right now because today, december 27, the judge in his second trial started to announce a guilty verdict. we're protesting the decision because my dad is innocent. and he is a victim of political persecution and a victim of putin's personal vendetta. >> the guilty verdict has been widely criticized by the west. the u.s. secretary of state, hillary clinton, claimed it would have a negative impact on russia's reputation.
and the german foreign minister said he was very worried by the conviction. delivering the full verdict in court and the sentence is expected to take several days. bbc news. >> sir elton john and his partner david furnish have become parents to a baby boy born to a surrogate mother in california. the couple who became civil partners in 2005 tried unsuccessfully to adopt an orphan in the ukraine last year. >> elton john celebrating his civil union to canadian filmmaker david furnish five years ago. the pair have been together since the early 1990's. now the longtime partners are parents. a surrogate baby boy was born on christmas day. in a u.s. magazine they're quoted as saying, "we are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment. zachery is healthy and doing really well. and we're very proud and happy
parents." elton john and david furnish may live their life in the spotlight but only a few details about the surrogacy have been revealed. the boy was born on christmas day in california. he's been named zachery jackson levon furnish-john. >> ♪ circle of life >> this isn't first time elton john and david furnish have attempted to raise a family. last year in the ukraine the pair were taken by lev, an orphan with aids. >> i would love to adopt him. i don't know how we do that. but he has stolen my heart. and he's stolen david's heart. and it would be wonderful if we could have a home. i've changed my mind today. >> however, the ukrainian government rejected the offer saying the pair was too old. ukraine also doesn't recognize civil partnerships. now, though, the 62-year-old singer and his 48-year-old
partner are celebrating their very special christmas present. they sparked a debate about what age is acceptable to become parents. bbc news. >> you're watching "bbc world news" good to have you with us. still to come, the caveman cookbook. scientists claim the meat eaters have a taste for vegetables, too many -- too. senior police officers have told the bbc it's time consider changing the laws around prostitution. just a week ago a 40-year-old man, steven griffith, received three life sentences for murdering three prostitutes in west yorkshire. now the association of chief police officers is calling for a national database of men violent towards sex workers. chris butler has more. >> women who work as prostitutes on the streets are seen as being extremely vulnerable. last week steven griffiths was
convicted of killing three sex workers. it's claimed current laws put them at risk because it forces them to work alone. the owner of this massage parlor was recently convicted of running a brothel. one woman selling sex here is not illegal. but any more than one breaks the law. joanne andrews says as a result some have had to leave the relative safety of her building to work back on the streets. >> i had a girl work for me a while ago. she worked for me about two years. i had to finish her because of everything that was going on. and within a few months she was assaulted and drug in the back of a van of three guys. >> not discussing the issue of safety, but in a statement said we are committed to cleaning up the area, including a zero approach to illegal activity such as prostitution. however, the association of chief police officers says the current laws should be reviewed. >> perhaps the law needs changing. it's complicated.
it is hard to implement. ideas around criminalizing some parts of it and not others. i think there's no time for that debate. >> the home office says in the spring it will publish guidance on how best the police can deal with issues linked with prostitution. chris butler, bbc news. >> you're watching "bbc world news" good to have you with us. our main world news so far a team of west african leaders arrived in ivory coast to find a way out of the election stalemate. we'll stay with that. the three presidents representing the west african regional bloc have arrived in the country. martin told me their aim is to give laurent gbagdo a way out. >> they are saying we will not humiliate mr. gag bow and --
gbagdo and that they can offer him exile that he's given safe haven somewhere, and that there's no prosecution. it was an interesting point that the kenyan prime minister told the bbc about yesterday. he's been named as the african union's mediator in this whole situation. and he said, look, you know, mr. gbagdo has been a strong democrat, i've known him for many years. and, you know, we don't want to humiliate him. this should not be seen as a final situation but as a process. democracy is a process. and if you lose one election, you can stand in another one. >> yet there is still the threat of military action. how might that work? who might lead it? >> well, it could be undertaken by the west africans themselves. there is, of course, now a west african standby brigade. this is part of the african union security architecture that's been built up over a number of years. they've had test runs of this. they have had practices of this
whole process. and probably the nigerians would be the largest contributors. some people argue that nigeria, which is heading into an election, would be a bit nervous about sending its troops into action. but, quite frankly, with the united nations having backed with, the african union having backed this idea, with the environment west african states having backed the concept that they will not allow this to stand is very difficult to see how they would be able to now walk away from the situation without enforcing their will. >> how much support would there be, however, among ordinary ivorians to see this sort of military action? it's extremely risky. >> that is, of course, very difficult to say. the country is divided 50-50. even if you look at the election results, mr. gbagdo won just under 50%. but it is very much divided and divided between north and south, between christian and muslim. i think the reason they have to act is that the region is still
recovering from other civil wars. for example, in liberia. you wouldn't want to see the kind of problems in ivory coast spilling out across the region and, yet again, diamonds becoming involved, blood diamonds "bbc world news" is presented by kcet, los angelesing all sorts of -- blood diamonds "bbc world news" is presented by kcet, los angelesing all sorts of situations. >> more than a thousand kenyans were killed in violent protests after disputed presidential election there back in 2007. hundreds of thousands of people were displaced. since then there have been a number of community initiatives aimed at recognizing the different ethics groups. one of which is yoga. >> on the roof above her flat
she goes through her yoga paces. a year ago she knew nothing of the discipline and was introduced to yoga by a friend. joyce lost everything in post election violence but says yoga helps to find her peace. >> i had to flee my home. i thought you was running to safety, then i saw all of that killing. i was two months pregnant then. i was in great distress and almost lost my pregnancy but managed to survive. >> joyce was lucky. a neighbor and child lost their lives during the fighting in which rival tribes attacked eacher -- each other. joyce refused to talk to anyone outside the community. but her attitude has changed. she now embraces friends from other communities, a change brought about by yoga. twice a week this community home
becomes a yoga studio. the sessions are free. and participants are encouraged to look beyond their trouble. they hope to break down ethnic tensions. >> the numbers may be small, but yoga centers like this one in low income communities across the area. so yoga is proving not only good for the body but good for the soul. it's helping after post election violence. it's hoped yoga and sport may help break down stereotypes. >> people from different tribe tribes -- i've seen a change. they're talking to each other. they're doing yoga together. >> joyce and her friends practice yoga as a new gain to
what they do. but they press on, believing that the benefits they receive bring more than inner peace. bbc news, nairobi, kenya. >> we think of them as primitive, meat-eating savages. but it seems there was more to man than imagined. it seems they even apparently cooked vegetables. >> this is the popular image, meat-eating hunters. it's a view that's been backed by chemical analysis of their bones suggesting that they ate little or no vegetables. this perceived reliance on meat has been put forth by some as one of the reasons why these humans became extinct as large animals such as mammoths declined. but a new analysis of remains from across the world has found fossilized grains of vegetable material in their teeth. and some of it was cooked. this is the latest study to
suggest that far from being savages, knee yand row that will were more like us than we previously thought. >> a little-known cheese has bitten off the others becoming world champion. it's called the cornish blue. it triumph over 2,000 other cheeses. >> the winner of this year's world cheese awards. it's produced not in france or in italy or even switzerland. it's right here in the heart of caldwell. >> i was stunned. i stood there. i couldn't move. the chef said, it's you, it's you. i said, i know it's me but i just can't believe it. >> what makes cornish blue even more remarkable is that it was a bit of an accident. when the farm struggled to sell its milk, rather than pour it away, they turn it had into cheese. now the company employees local
people and is an international champion. >> we developed it thinking that a lot of ladies would like it. we think ladies do most of the buying. so if you can get the ladies to like it, we might be on to a winner. >> mild, isn't it? >> the award will make the company lots of money. but it's hoped its commercial value will be felt far beyond the farm gates. >> it will raise the profile of not just caldwell but of british food and drink. that makes it very attractive as a destination. so at the same time exporting the brand of britain and cornwall. >> other british producers are now hoping to get a taste of the same success. louise hubble, bbc news. >> sport and england are on the verge of victory against
australia. if the visitor win, they would retain the ashes for the first time in 24 years. it was another impressive performance from england as they maintain their dominant position on day three. they were dismissed with 513. jonathan trott unbeaten. australia's second inning started positively, but tim bresnan took three wickets of australia. still 246 runs behind england. our correspondent james pierce has been following the action. >> another fantastic day for england. they've dominated the match from the start. and the finish can't be far away. england need just four more wickets and they'll retain the ashes. at the end of the day, the australian players weren't really pretending anything other than the fact that the ashes were gone. this is what shane watson had to say at his news conference. >> we haven't been in a great place, you know, in over the last couple of days, to be honest, because we haven't been in a great place even from day
one. so i think the mood was much, much different. me and ricky being in a good place going in, getting through tremlett's spill was big, especially in that spill when the ball was going averse so we thought we were in a great place. then unfortunately it all went from there. me getting out and then losing the wickets that we had. it's extremely disappointing to be in the position that we have been in throughout this whole game. >> get your headlines online. watch the news unfold at bbc.com/news. also, cast your mind back over some of the news stories from 2010 from the 33 miners trapped in chile to the volcano. try our christmas quiz. the question like this one, china and the poles ended the
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